Oct 8, 2015 6:16 AM
Steinhauser-First on NH1 News: Conservative group going up with radio spots supporting Ayotte
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD -- A conservative third party group is going up with radio ads in New Hampshire that support Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte's push to end federal government shutdowns.
NH1 News has learned that Ending Spending will spend $50,000 starting Thursday to run the spots on Granite State radio stations over ten days.
"Americans from both parties agree: stopping abuses from Planned Parenthood and blocking wasteful spending is critical, but shutting down the government is the wrong way to do it. That's why Kelly Ayotte sponsored the End Government Shutdowns Act to end Washington brinkmanship," says the narrator in the spot.
The ad also uses audio of Ayotte saying "I'm tired of the political games. I'm tired of the people on my side of the political aisle who are pushing this strategy even though they know they don't have the votes."
"We saw the movie in 2013, and I don't think we should relive that movie," she adds, referring to the federal government shutdown two years ago that many Americans blamed on Republicans in Congress. Ayotte opposed efforts in recent months by some fellow conservatives to shut down the government as part of a push to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
At the end of the spot the narrator urges voters to reach out to Congress to "tell them to pass Kelly Ayotte's End Government Shutdown Act."
The former state attorney general and first term senator is deadlocked in the polls with her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, who announced her Senate bid on Monday.
The matchup between the popular senator and popular governor will be one of the most high profile and expensive showdowns in the 2016 cycle, and could ultimately decide whether the Republicans keep control of the chamber.
The ad buy by Ending Spending is the second this week in the race by an outside group, following TV commercials put up the pro-GOP One Nation that tout Ayotte's record on women's reproductive rights.
Ending Spending has a history of getting involved in Granite State Senate battles. Last year it shelled more than $4 million last year to oppose Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's successful re-election campaign.
Earlier this year it announced a “Commitments Kept NH,” effort. Veteran Republican consultant and strategist David Carney is spearheading the effort.
Ending Spending was founded by former TD Ameritrade chairman Joseph Ricketts in 2010.